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Mandarin Orange Muffins

by Kristen

If you have a can of Mandarin oranges in your pantry, you should try making these easy delectable muffins.  These are super moist, citrusy, and sweet.  Perfect for snacks, brunch, breakfast, and even dessert.

My Crushed Pineapple Muffins have become one of the most popular recipes on my site. I decided to try the same recipe but add in delicious Mandarin oranges instead of the Crushed Pineapple.  I was so happy with how these turned out.   We always keep canned Mandarin Oranges in our pantry because my kids love eating them as a side dish with meals or for a quick snack.

Ingredients needed

One cup of Mandarin Oranges and juice- so one cup of mandarin oranges from the can and do not drain the juice.

1/3 cup of sugar

1/3 cup of vegetable oil or melted butter  ( please do not use margarine or spreadable butter)

One teaspoon of vanilla extract

One egg

1 cup of all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

Optional Add-Ins: orange zest, orange extract, ginger, nutmeg, dried cranberries, wild blueberries, or pecans would taste great with the flavor profile.

Equipment

Muffin tin

Large Bowl

Spatula

Cookie Scoop

Muffin liners or muffin cups

Oven

Hand Mixer or stand mixer

wire rack or cooking rack

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Mix oranges, vanilla, oil, sugar, and egg in a large bowl.  When you stir or mix, Press down to smash the oranges slightly. Make sure you beat the egg entirely.  Set aside the orange mixture.

2. Stir dry ingredients in a second bowl. Flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

3. Add dry flour mixture to the orange-egg mixture and mix well until you form a batter.

4. Using a cookie scoop, spoon batter into the muffin pan cups.

5. Bake in the oven for 20-23 minutes.  Your muffins should be golden brown, and a toothpick should come out clean.

6. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 5-10 minutes before removing the muffin liner to eat.

You can store these muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.  You can also freeze them for up to a month.  Storing these muffins in the fridge might dry them out.

If you like this recipe, you should also try the following:

Crushed Pineapple Muffins 

Orange Juice Cookies 

Winter Fruit Pizza Cookies

I love serving lots of citrus-inspired dishes during the winter. Because these muffins turn out orange, they would also be great to serve for Halloween in October. ¬† These muffins are super fluffy, flavorful, and the perfect bite! These make great snacks for the kids, and the recipe can’t be easier.

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Mandarin Orange Muffins

If you have a can of Mandarin oranges in your pantry, you should try making these easy delectable muffins.  These are super moist, citrusy, and sweet.  Perfect for snacks, brunch, breakfast, and even dessert.

Course Breakfast
Servings 10 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canned mandarin oranges Don't drain the juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Mix oranges, vanilla, oil, sugar, and egg in a large bowl.  When you stir or mix, Press down to smash the oranges slightly. Make sure you beat the egg entirely. Set aside the orange mixture.

  3. Stir dry ingredients in a second bowl. Flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  

  4. Add dry flour mixture to the orange-egg mixture and mix well until you form a batter.

  5. Using a cookie scoop, spoon batter into the muffin pan cups. 

  6. Bake in the oven for 20-23 minutes.  Your muffins should be golden brown, and a toothpick should come out clean.

  7. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 5-10 minutes before removing the muffin liner to eat.

Mandarin oranges are filled with vitamin C and are an enjoyable snack for everyone!

Did you make these Mandarin Orange Muffins?  I would love to hear how they turned out for you!  Please comment below this blog post or tag me on social media and let me know how you like them.  Y  can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

 

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4 comments

Jamie February 25, 2023 - 7:09 pm

5 stars
Liked these and the pineapple too!

 
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Dana February 24, 2023 - 9:17 pm

5 stars
Very easy and tasty recipe! If you need a change and something light, this recipe is for you, perfect with a cup of coffee or a spot of tea! I will definitely be trying out the Peach Melba recipe as well!

 
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Kristen February 25, 2023 - 1:24 pm

Thanks, Dana! I appreciate you trying the recipe and letting me know!

 
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Jess February 20, 2023 - 1:32 pm

5 stars
These were very good. Great use for a can of oranges.

 
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